Happy Summer everyone. My wife Chris and I just completed a one-month vacation in the Midwest ---Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin, including about two weeks of tent camping in Northern Wisconsin around Lake Superior.
Being from Barrow, Alaska, I guess we just look for the far north these days, even during vacations.
The contrasts between big and small communities were often huge --say flying in to Chicago from Alaska and then driving to quieter and friendly small towns like Medford, Wisonsin, Keokuk, Iowa and the Amana Colonies in Iowa. Also small farming town of Kahoka, Missouri.
Obviously a lot less traffic, and as we age, also notice that it can be OK to drive a little slower in a small town.
Nice to just walk around a small town, say hi to folks you meet, or wave to persons going by in cars or trucks.
Yes, some might note there is "less to do" in a small town, but we've found plenty to do, if one just looks around ---community fairs, farmers markets, outdoor polka dances (in Wisconsin).....garden club tours and some great outdoor band and bluegrass concerts.
What do you all think?